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Asian Dressing and Marinade

I LOVE Asian food. I love the flavors, the foods, the texture, the art of it. I cook a lot of Asian-inspired meals, as I call them. Staples in my kitchen: tamari soy sauce (gluten-free), mirin, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, cilantro, rice noodles, rice, sesame oil. I typically make my own marinade, sauce, or salad dressing when I have an Asian-inspired meal, but I do occasionally use something like Drew’s Sesame Orange dressing or Maple Grove Farms Sesame Ginger dressing.

Homemade Asian Marinade in a glass measuring cup

Homemade Asian Marinade in a glass measuring cup

This is the backbone or the blueprint of the marinade, but I have been known to make adjustments, based on what I am fixing and whether or not I have all of the ingredients. For example, if I am making a sauce for a stir fry that needs thickening, I made add some corn starch. If I don’t have a fresh orange, I may use lemon/lime or pineapple juice, or a combination. I try to add toasted sesame seeds if I have them in the pantry. Other additions could be fruit preserves, five spice powder (Chinese cooking), cilantro. For a Thai dish, I’d add curry paste, lemon grass, and sub 1 Tbsp fish sauce for 1 Tbsp soy sauce. For a nice cooking liquid when making pork or beef roast (in a slow cooker or on the grill), add an equal part of your favorite BBQ sauce.

Here are some suggested uses:

Grilled or broiled salmon
Stir fry or fried rice
Cucumber salad
Broccoli slaw (can add scallions, red pepper strips, chopped bok choy)
Asian salad with shrimp
Roast pork or chicken (add some orange marmalade or pineapple preserves to make a glaze)
Dipping sauce for potstickers or spring rolls (can add orange/apricot/pineapple preserves or a chili sauce to thicken and sweeten)
Sauteed bok choy or savoy cabbage


  • 2 tbsp. tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp. fresh orange or citrus juice
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger, ground (dried) or 1 tsp minced (fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Always mix/shake before using.